The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp one week from today, so I thought we would spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.
After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.
The eighth player up in this series is veteran safety Will Allen.
2013 Season Recap:
Allen didn’t even start the 2013 season with the Steelers as he was allowed to sign with the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. After the veteran was released by the Cowboys following their Week 5 game, the Steelers wasted no time adding him. Once rookie safety Shamarko Thomas went down with an ankle injury in Week 10, Allen took over his sub package role and never looked back. In the 12 games that he played for the Steelers, Allen totaled 34 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
While not a huge contributor on the stats sheet, Allen was also a fixture on special teams as he has been his entire career.
Allen will likely be at the mercy of the number safeties kept on the final 53 man roster if indeed Robert Golden his kept. Allen knows the defense inside and out and while not flashy, manages to get the job done usually whenever he is on the field at either safety position. Should Thomas cleanly beat out Allen for the third spot on the depth chart, however, the veteran really becomes even more expendable. Allen is not the special teams player he once was and thus that area of his game won’t be hard to replace.
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